Expert grocery shopping tips

Whether you shop in bulk once a week or buy fresh daily, there are a number of ways you can save time and money.

Grocery shopping doesn’t have to be a hassle. If you plan ahead and follow some of these tips, you’ll find it easier and lighter on the hip pocket too.

Shop for fruit and vegetables in season

You’ll not only save dollars, you’ll also enjoy the most wholesome food on the market. It’s even better if you buy from local producers to minimise the carbon footprint of your food and inject money into your local community. You can also freeze fresh food into smaller portion sizes.

Buy perishable food in the quantities you’ll use

There’s nothing more wasteful than throwing away good food simply because it didn’t get eaten and perished in your fridge. Consider your portion sizes and therefore how much you really need to buy. Or buy in bulk and freeze into portions for later use. Here’s an earlier article on the benefits of frozen food.

Use leftovers creatively

Create soups and casseroles or your own recipe with your leftovers to avoid wasting unused food. The internet has loads of recipes and we have published these articles to help you:

Shop late in the day

If you manage to get to the grocer or baker just before they close you’ll pick up a bargain. Fresh bread, biscuits and cakes are usually on sale, as is sushi and other perishable foods like BBQ chickens. Check the meat section in the supermarket as they will discount meat that is close to its use by date too.

Stock up on non-perishables when they are on sale

If you have non-perishable foods you eat regularly, particularly canned foods and spices, stock up on them when they are on sale. The same goes for cleaning and paper products. There’s no sense paying twice the price for toilet rolls, paper towels or floor cleaner.